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Psychother Res. 2015;25(3):282-93. doi: 10.1080/10503307.2014.981681. Epub 2014 Nov 27.

Looking both ways.

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a Department of Psychology , Miami University , Oxford , OH , USA.


On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the journal, Psychotherapy research, three former editors first look back at: (i) the controversial persistence of the Dodo verdict (i.e., the observation that all bona fide therapies seem equally effective); (ii) the connection between process and outcome; (iii) the move toward methodological pluralism; and (iv) the politicization of the field around evidence-based practice and treatment guidelines. We then look forward to the next 25 years, suggesting that it would be promising to focus on three areas: (i) systematic theory-building research; (ii) renewed attention to fine-grained study of therapist techniques; and (iii) politically expedient research on the outcomes of marginalized or emerging therapies.


outcome research; politically expedient research; process research; psychotherapy; theory-building; therapist techniques

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